“In the second unit he’s picked up more of the scoring burden,” Allen said. “We haven’t had that scoring punch (off the bench). You have had me and Paul (Pierce), and when he goes to the bench Doc’s usually got to keep one of us out there. So (Wafer’s presence) is why I believe this team is definitely deeper than years past.”
Wafer said it was nice to break out during the past couple games. He’d been disappointed because he hadn’t played up to his normal standards, blaming his slow start partly on conditioning. Wafer had been working out hard prior to training camp, but says you can’t simulate game speed – or even practice speed – on your own.
“I knew once I got my legs under me I’d be a little more explosive and knock down shots,” he said. “I’m still not there yet. Almost there. I still have to get my legs under me a little more. When I get those legs under me, I’ll be all set.”
Until then, he’ll keep trying to do what Von Wafer does best: score buckets.
- Quick hitters:
- Shaun Powell wrote a great piece about former Celtic Dwyane Schintzius, who was diagnosed with leukemia this year. “I’m just glad I’m alive,” Schintzius said. “I’m ready to start living. I survived a drastic and traumatic change in my life. Every day is a struggle. I’m not going to lie. But I get up, strap my shoes on and get out there and face it.”
- Ray Allen could average three or four more points per game this season, even if he doesn’t improve.